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Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
Phone Number: +1 757-422-9421
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Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when...

Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the house and 1.77 Acres of land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the public. Over the years lighthouse and its surroundings have been restored including repairing the lantern after damage from Hurricane Barbara in 1953, repairing the damaged original Aquia sandstone and restoring the surrounding dunes.

Today, visitors to the Cape Henry Lighthouse can climb to the top of the tower to enjoy spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

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A lot of history packed into the same location. The first US public works project built in 1792 as well as the site of the first English settler landings (who would later found... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Tampa, Fl
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Tampa, Fl
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A lot of history packed into the same location. The first US public works project built in 1792 as well as the site of the first English settler landings (who would later found Jamestown in 1607) and the site (offshore) of the Battle of the VaCapes which would seal our victory over Cornwallis at Yorktown and result in independence. Located... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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31 reviews
30 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a very interesting lighthouse with a beautiful view. It was the first congressional building project for the young United States! Of course, there's lot's of climbing and it can get very hot so I would not recommend for seniors unless they know what they're in for. Small guided tour at the foot of the structure, and then self... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

hard climb but view is awesome and staff very friendly and helpful,easy to find.was able to take in fantastic view of alantic ocean and headway of cheasepeak bay

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Not much to do other than get out of the car and take a quick picture. No beach access for non military. Not worth the 15 wait to go through security

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Virgnia
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51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great views.........if you are feeble or over weight you might want to avoid climbing those stairs....they are a cardio workout!

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first activity I did upon coming to VA, and I really enjoyed it. The views are great, and you do get some history. Definitely a great introduction to lighthouses as you move to OBX's.

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Howard
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Breathtaking in every way. The "old" is climbable but the "new" is military restricted. You enter the base ( have all documents available, i.e. ID, insurance, registration, etc.). The young guards were so polite doing the vehicle search; I respect that. We were entering their world. After protocol, we entered the base for uncanny views. This offers so much history... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the first thing the Our country agreed to build as a nation. You can feel the history as you walk up the stairs from the visitors center (oh there is a small charge, pay it, you're missing out if you don't walk up) and the lighthouse keeps getting bigger and bigger. If you think that's gonna be it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful sites. Climb was easy. On an active military base. Make sure you review rules before attempting to enter.

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Pavilion, New York
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The climb was worth it for this over 60 woman! I am so glad I did it. It is amazing that the lighthouse survives after all these years. Stimulated my imagination of hat it was like in the 1800s. On a naval base so have your id and car info available or you will not be allowed to see this... More 

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